Ken Blake im­mor­talised in me­tal

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT - From Robin Lewis

As part of the re­cent Ken Blake Fes­ti­val, held in Ken’s home town of Strathal­byn, South Aus­tralia from Oc­to­ber 26-28, a life-sized statue of the 11-times Aus­tralian cham­pion was un­veiled. The work of for­mer main­stream ad­ver­tis­ing artist James Ste­wart from Goolwa, it stands on a prom­i­nent coun­cil block right on the cor­ner of High and Grey Streets, across the road from the Robin Hood Ho­tel where Ken would en­joy a beer with his work mates from Gil­bert Mo­tors when do­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship as a panel beater/spray pain­ter. Ste­wart con­structed his work from ‘found’ ob­jects – me­chan­i­cal parts of all shapes and sizes welded to­gether – and took three and a half months to com­plete. The statue was of­fi­cially un­veiled by the Gov­er­nor of South Aus­tralia, His Ex­cel­lency the Hon­ourable Hieu Van Le.

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